Carl's Custom Amps Classic Tweed Deluxe 5E3 Dark Tweed Video Demo! Best 5E3 Anywhere!

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Carl’s Custom Amps


5E3 Classic Tweed Deluxe

For the foreseeable future build times will be between 8 to 14 weeks. We are experiencing very high demand. Each amp is built one at a time with great care so no rushing is possible. Thank you to everyone who has purchased for your business and patience!


The 5E3 Tweed Deluxe is one of the most revered small tube amps of all time. At 15 watts it’s a great club amp. It has been played by greats like Billy Gibbons, Neil Young, Don Felder, Eric Clapton and countless others. It is a truly classic design. The amp yields harmonically complex bell-like clean tones at low volumes and milkshake thick overdrive as you turn it up. There’s a good reason it's so popular!!

This amp is built with the best parts and will blow away reissues. It will stand toe to toe with the original tone-wise yet be more reliable and have less floor noise. Don't confuse these with the kits people have built or even many boutique builds.   Thought, knowledge, and years of experience go into selecting parts and building my 5E3s.

 My amps are meticulously hand-wired and tested. They carry a 30 day warranty on the tubes and 2 years on defects in workmanship.

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 Finger-Joined Pine cab with Lacquered Tweed, 15W All Tube Hand-wired circuit,  ON/OFF and Standby/Play switches, two channels Bright and Normal with separate volumes and a shared tone controls, two  8 ohm speaker outs, DC elevated heaters for -30db heater noise.


Weber Vintage Series 12 inch Alnico speaker (on combos), Classic Tone USA or Hammond Power Transformer,Hammond  Output Transformer, Alpha Pots, Carling Switches, Neutrik, Cliff or Switchcraft Jacks and plugs, Mallory 150 and Panasonic tone caps, Ultra Long Life Panasonic or Nichicon filter caps, Special resistor selection for the best tone and least noise, finger joined pine cab on combos.

 Buyer Comments:

“Hey Carl!!

I just wanted to drop you a line and thank you so much for the 5E3 Head and Cab. It sounds incredible, and there is absolutely NO cab rattle! It is articulate, harmonically rich, and blends perfectly with my Princeton. I don’t know what tweaks you have made to the circuit, but I know that I have legit never heard a 5E3 style build react to gain pedals the way yours does! I can use every drive on my board, and it’s let me offload some of them because some pedals I thought would only work for the Princeton ended up working great with both amps at the same time! It’s awesome. My SunBender MK IV sounds the most glorious it ever has! Also, it looks absolutely beautiful as well. You completely and totally nailed the Wide-Panel look and the Grill Cloth really makes it. This was a wonderful experience and I’m so glad I went with you!

Thanks so much again!

Ricky K.”

"Carl:  My amp arrived today and of course I dropped everything and fired it up. It’s amazing responsive, I have not played through another amp quite like it.....

Anyways, thanks for the great new tool!



The amp arrived today in perfect condition. Plugged it in and it sounded great! Love this amp!!
Thanks for building such a wonderful guitar amp."

“Hey Carl,

Thank you for a job well done. Tubes in yesterday, fooled around with bright and normal channels, got some feedback and clean tones. Never had a 5E3, with the mystery of the interaction of the controls and jumpering. Today I plugged in a boss tremolo for some swamp sound on the bright channel, oh boy that is good!

The tube compliment sounds perfect. I was not expecting NOS USSR rectifier and power tubes, but they sound great.

Anyway, the purple jewel looks cool, and I am one happy customer.

Best Regards,

David Flynn”

 “Hi - just wanted to say how much I'm loving my Tweed Deluxe. Initially, for whatever reason, I was baffled by the amp. Tried it with various guitars effects processors and just found it kind of dead sounding. I bought a few nice vintage Fenders and your Tweed Deluxe sat around collecting dust in my showroom (I sell and repair instruments from India). I put your amp up for sale on Reverb and got a few curious inquiries but no real bites. Two weeks ago, I bought an old Strat and I thought, hell, lets see if it jibes with the Tweed, and dayammm.... for some reason with the strat (hadn't owned one in 30 years) the amp was easy to dial in and it sounds fabulous. And with the set-up as it is now, my old Tele sounds amazing! Can't believe I almost sold it. Can't wait for this Covid nonsense to be over so I can take this out for gigs. Very Happy!”

Christian F.

“Hi Carl,

The amp arrived the other day. Thanks again for another great amp.

I'm a walking commercial for your amps.

Thanks once again for a great product.”


Frank E

“Hi Carl the amp arrived Saturday. The amp sounds gre

“Hi Car thel amp arrived Saturday. The amp sounds great. looks great, craftsman ship is excellent.

Thanks again,

Mike S.”

My new 5E3 arrived on Tuesday and I was able to pick it up yesterday at the Fedex Store. I finally got it all set up this afternoon, Thursday, and had a chance to take it for a "test drive". Holy cow is this thing loud!! In a good way, of course. And to think that I was worried about not having enough headroom to keep the amp clean when needed or wanted. Honestly, I have not been able to get it to break up, yet, because I really haven't gotten the volume level much over 2 and that has been plenty loud. I love the quality and the tone, even though mine is "blemished". ha! It is barely even noticeable. I think it looks and sounds great! I am very happy with it. Awesome work, Carl! Two thumbs up!”

Ed R.

"Hey Carl, my amp came in yesterday. Tubed it up this morning and spent the last couple of hours after work playing. This is the best amp I have ever played. This kills the reissue stuff and is absolutely smokin'. I cant thank you enough man. I'll be spreading the good word. Last thing. I never name stuff, but I'm callin' it Coral. I hope you dig Walking Dead and get the name. This thing slays. Thanks from the bottom of my heart, man."

Matt M ---Canada

"Hi Carl,
Received my amp about a week ago. It is everything I had hoped for. Unbelievable how good this amp sounds. The demos on your web-sight are very representative of how the amp really sounds. The build is of top quality. Your lacquered tweed finish is excellent. I appreciate the time you took with me to answer questions and keep me posted on my build time. This amp is a keeper! Look forward to doing business with you in the future. I am a VERY satisfied customer!"
James M

"Hey Carl,
it’s been a little over a year since I received my Tweed Deluxe from you and I just thought I would drop you a line and tell you thanks for building me a great amp. I love it and I’m still surprised by the fact that it’s hard to get a bad sound out of it. I am frequently asked by others about it and I always direct them to your site. It’s a well made little workhorse, consistent, and it rocks. I primarily use one channel now, but I also just experiment with the other side and sometimes jump channels which I did when I first received it, but really I find that using a single channel just gives pedals a little more boost. anyway, keep making amps Carl. If I ever need anything else amp wise I’ll be back to you."
Richie H

"Hi Carl,  First of all, thanks for always being available to answer any questions I have and explaining things so well.. that really means a lot.  The amp is truly a pleasure to play through.. I expected good and got great! Very happy.. My guitars have never sounded better..  Sounds great and looks great!!
     Thanks again, Tom"

"...I am really impressed with the Amp. I have a 66 blackface bassman, a
couple vintage Ampegs, and a DR Z. Your amp seems of equal quality any
of the above."

       "This is the best sounding damn amp i own.a joy to play."

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